ART X Talks

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Every year, ART X Lagos features a robust line-up of panel discussions open to all fair goers. With key stakeholders in Africa’s art economy, ART X Talks explore a range of themes pertinent to the state and evolution of contemporary art in Africa.

2019

Artist Talk: Leading Contemporaries, with Emeka Ogboh

Having exhibited at the 56th Venice Biennale, the 2019 Sharjah Biennale and at documenta 14, all within the last four years, Ogboh, who received his BA at the University of Nsukka, is now amongst the most promising and accomplished international artists working today. His works have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum; the Menil Collection; TATE Modern; the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art; the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos; and Kiasma, among other international institutions.  Join exhibiting artist Emeka Ogboh for Beyond the Yellow Haze, a conversation about the growth of his art practice. Ogboh’s work primarily leverages sound and gastronomy to grapple with cultural and geopolitical illusions. During this discussion with Tayo Ogunbiyi, Artistic Director of ART X Lagos, he will present overviews of his most ambitious works, and critically revisit the path he took to an internationally respected artist.

Date

Sat, 2nd Nov

Time

3pm – 4.15pm

 

On ‘How to Build a Lagoon with Just a Bottle of Wine?’, with the Lagos Biennial

Antawan Byrd, Assistant Curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, is a co-curator of this year’s Lagos Biennial, titled How to Build a Lagoon with Just a Bottle of Wine?. He will be in conversation with Abraham Oghobase, an artist whom he worked closely for this project.  They will discuss the process of realizing the Biennial, highlighting the accomplishments that inform the cornerstones of this ambitious exhibition, from its beginnings through the execution. They will also discuss the process of generating content for the Biennial, the selection of and engagement with the exhibition venue, and details of their exchange over the last few months and between Chicago, Lagos and Toronto.

Date

Sat, 2nd Nov

Time

4.45pm – 6.00pm

 

Modern Art in 360 Degrees

Filmmaker Joel Benson is the first African to win recognition in Venice Film Festival’s Virtual Reality (VR) category. Having won this year’s award for Best VR Immersive Story for Linear Content, he will speak with Ugoma Adegoke, Founder of both Bloom Art Gallery and the Lights, Camera, AFRICA Film Festival, about his recent work in VR. Specifically, the conversation will highlight his quest to document practices, works, and studio spaces of modern artists based in Nigeria using this medium. His first documentary in this series features the studio and practice of Demas Nwoko and is shared as part of this year’s Curated Projects. In this conversation, he will discuss his journey to the visual arts and pose questions about specific trajectories of modern art in Nigeria. The conversation will unveil other artists he is considering for future VR projects.

Date

Sat, 2nd Nov

Time

6.15pm – 7.30pm

 

Artist Talk: Leading Contemporaries, with Wangechi Mutu

SPONSORED BY CHAPEL HILL DENHAM

Born in Kenya, Wangechi Mutu is a visual artist working in multiple mediums, which include sculpture, installation, collage, video, and performance. Based between Nairobi and New York City, and trained at Yale University, the artist has become a fixture in the international art sector over the past two decades. Her work is currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, where she is the first artist commissioned to transform the facade of its building. Wangechi is the recipient of both the African Art Award from the National Museum of African Art Smithsonian and the Leadership Award from the American Federation of Arts, among others. Her work is included in the collections of the TATE Modern; The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; The Studio Museum Harlem; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago among others. And her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Biennale, the 56th Venice Biennale and the 2014 Dakar Biennale. During her talk in conversation with Tayo Ogunbiyi, Artistic Director of ART X Lagos, Wangechi will speak in depth about her studio practice and life as a multinational artist, and how the two inform one another. She will also delve into the ways in which her work complicates perceptions of femininity. In addition, the conversation will touch upon how Wangechi’s practice unpacks legacies of colonialism and anthropology, while exploring demarcations of race and gender. Wangechi will also share insights with respect to her current projects and her future aspirations.

Date

Sun, 3rd Nov

Time

3.00pm – 4.15pm

 

Collecting LIVE!

SPONSORED BY STANBIC IBTC PENSION MANAGERS

This conversation explores what it takes to collect visual art. How do collectors decide which works to buy? How do they build compelling collections over time? How does one begin as a collector? With a fixed budget that will be revealed live at ART X Lagos, collectors with unique perspectives — an international collector, a curator and a Lagos-based collector, will work together to select works to build a private art collection. This will take place in front of a live audience, and be completed in under an hour. With their diverse tastes, they will evaluate selected works such as those by artists including Demas Nwoko, Collette Omogbai, Ladi Kwali, Njideka Akunyili-Crosby and Dominique Zinkpe.

Date

Sun, 3rd Nov

Time

4.45pm – 6.00pm

 

The Progress of Love: Bisi Silva Remembered

SPONSORED BY THE FORD FOUNDATION

N’Goné Fall,  Antawan Byrd and Emeka Ogboh will share reflections on the life and career of the late Bisi Silva, a curator who operated within Nigeria as well as internationally. Silva was the founder and director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, and served as the artistic director for the inaugural edition of ART X Lagos. Silva also curated the 10th edition of Bamako Encounters, a celebrated biennial of photography, and was co-curator of both the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale and The Progress of  Love, an ambitious, transcontinental exhibition. The panel will consider Silva’s commitment to publishing and archives as well as the late curator’s involvement in many areas of modern and contemporary art.

Date

Sun, 3rd Nov

Time

6.15pm – 7.30pm

 

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